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Mental Ray Plugin for Maya To Be Free

Public Beta available now; Mac OS X version coming soon By Dave Nagel
Alias|Wavefront has announced that the Mental Ray rending plugin for Maya with be available free for all Maya Complete 4.5 customers. The public beta of the new version of the plugin is available now for Irix, Windows and Linux, with a Mac OS X version on the way.

Alias says Mental Ray for Maya was previously priced at $3,995, but will now be available free beginning with Maya Complete 4.5 and Mental Ray for Maya 1.5. The deal also applies to Maya Unlimited customers. The move is a step toward making Mental Ray a standard feature for Maya, Alias|Wavefront's flagship 3D modeling and animation package. The native Maya renderer will continue to be integrated into the suite.


There's no specific information on when the Mac OS X version of the plugin will be available. Alias|Wavefront's Web site simply states that the OS X version is "coming soon." For more information or to download the public beta, visit http://www.aliaswavefront.com/maya/getmental.


Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at dnagel@digitalmedianet.com.

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